17 Recipes That Start With a Can of Cola
A can of cola is a go-to drink for many, as it's bubbly, cool, and sweet. But cola can actually be used while you're cooking too, as a way to bring more flavor to your meal. Think of it the way you consider wine when cooking, where you can integrate cola into desserts, meat dishes, and more.
Plus, if you don't use the whole can you can just drink the rest along with what's on your plate. If you're worried about adding in calories and sugar, you can always swap it out for diet cola, too, which will still have the same taste profile but might work better for those looking to cut back on sugar.
Here are 15 recipes that put a can of cola to good use.
Cola tastes great with beans and meat, both of which have a hearty texture and work well with cola's rich flavor. A tip? Precook the bacon half way so that it doesn't make the beans greasy. If you're short on time, you can cut it down to an hour by using an oven instead.
Easy Cola Chicken
When you need a chicken dish that can be ready on a busy weeknight in under an hour, this chicken recipe is perfect. It's minimal on ingredients, and you can save the rest for leftovers during the week by adding simply cooked chicken breast to salads, sandwiches, and more.
Cola Pot Roast
Cola tastes great with beef, so use it next time you're cooking pot roast. The sweetness balances out the savory notes from mushroom soup and meat, so feel free to heavily pour that delicious gravy on top.
Take basic cake up a notch by adding cola to the mix and removing the water, oil, and eggs. The cake is actually super soft and moist, so it'll melt right in your mouth. Use a chocolate mix as chocolate and cola work well together.
Chicken, ketchup, and cola are all you need for a simple but tasty chicken salad. Then use the meat for sandwiches, salads, burritos, and more. If you're looking to reduce carb intake swap the bun for lettuce instead.
Cola Pork Chops
Brown sugar, ketchup, and pork chops come together for an easy weeknight meal that's high in protein and packed with flavor. If you want, try it with chicken instead. It'll be a bit leaner, and it'll be ready in about 40 minutes instead.
Spread this cola sauerkraut on a hot dog or hamburger when you're grilling as summer comes to a close. The cola adds some sweetness and tang to the more savory elements of meat. Store the rest in the fridge to dress up any other meals, too.
Coco-Cola Cake II
Chocolate cake gets an upgrade with cola in this recipe. Use nuts, like pecans, for added texture and crunch. You can swap them out for a different nut too, like walnuts, almonds, or pistachios.
Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple
Three ingredients, one slow cooker, and seven to 10 hours of cooking are all it takes to turn a basic ham into a presentation-worthy main. The cola creates a natural glaze while the meat cooks and tenderizes. Some reviewers suggested using a lemon-lime soda in place of the cola-flavored soda for a different flavor option.
These chops are easy to make in a little over an hour and are budget friendly, since the ingredient list is super short. Pair with veggies and a grain, like brown rice or quinoa and Brussels sprouts or broccoli, for example.
You may wash your burger down with a can of cola, but you might want to use it in the actual burger itself, too. Add cheese, an egg, and crushed saltines, grill it up and it's ready in just 25 minutes.
Chicken Catch a Cola
This chicken has creaminess, savoriness, and sweetness all in one, so it'll make your taste buds go wild. It only takes 40 minutes to prepare too so it's perfect for weeknights when you don't have much time to cook.
Cola-Brined Chicken Wings
Make these delicious wings for the Super Bowl or any tailgate when you're watching a game with some grub and beer. They have tons of spice and seasoning too, thanks to garlic, paprika, mustard, and black pepper.
Ham can be boring unless there's a great sauce or seasoning to give it incredible flavor. This ham has a bit of sweetness from cola and brown sugar. Slice the rest and meal prep for the week ahead, as ham offers great protein and is versatile.
Cola Marinated Sirloin Steak
This marinade tastes great with just about everything, so pour it all over steak with a potato and veggies and then keep the rest in the fridge as an easy marinade for other types of meat and fish, as well. Be prepared: it will take a day to make.
Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak
Thinly sliced grilled skirt steak is a total meal prep helper, since you can add the slices to salads, grain bowls, wraps and tacos, and more. Cola has sweetness while coffee tastes deep and bitter, so they balance each other out.
Bing Cherry Congealed Salad
Tang from cola cuts the sweetness of Bing cherries. Cream cheese adds incredible creaminess. Altogether, it's a dessert that won't soon be forgotten by your family, coworkers, or picnic crowd.